Birds help us, and now
they need our help
Many songbirds play an indispensable role in the control of forest and agricultural insect pests, saving millions of dollars in the application of deleterious pesticides.
Bird watching is a powerhouse of the outdoor recreation industry, enjoyed by an estimated 45 million Americans each year according to the 2016 year National Survey on Recreation and the Environment. All of this activity around birds, in turn, supports jobs and pours almost 80 billion dollars annually into the economy!
Ecotourism, with birding as a primary component, is increasingly recognized as a critical source of income that can support natural area conservation or cushion resource-based economies as they transition to a sustainable level of resource use.